Women in America (T7077)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

In this module, we consider the changing experiences of women in North America. You will explore and analyse:

  • how sex and gender have affected political, economic, intellectual and social developments in the United States
  • debates about women’s work, the law, the American family and citizenship
  • the different ways that women have challenged (or supported) structures that oppressed women.

Women’s experiences were diverse, structured by race, class and region, sexuality and politics. To analyse them, we focus on five themes: wives, citizens, bodies, minds and political activists.

Teaching covers the broad sweep of women’s history and gender relations in America from the colonial period to the 20th century. We incorporate guided analysis of documents produced by, or about, women in America.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: